Soccer is a relatively safe sport but injuries like sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures can happen. Reduce the risks of trauma or damage by following these safety tips:
Make proper preparation
Preparation is key when it comes to staying safe while playing soccer. Do this by training before the game season starts so you will be ready for the competition and ensure that your training increases in both intensity and duration.
Engage in fitness programs that develop strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, and endurance and include injury prevention routines to your training program. It’s also important to develop both individual and team skills with your coach acting as a guide. Furthermore, make sure you warm up before each game and cool down after.
Wear the right gear
The right gear can help protect you while playing so wear a custom-fitted mouthguard at all times.
Wear shock absorbent and correctly fitted shin guards. You can ask for advice from a professional as to choosing the appropriate shin guards for you. Another way to reduce the risk of injury is to wear the best soccer cleats you can get your hands on. You should also consider preventive ankle bracing or taping.
Check gear regularly and scout the playing field
The playing field can also pose hidden dangers to players so it’s important to check and maintain the surface to eliminate hazards.
Ensure that the goals, whether permanent or portable, are securely anchored to the ground. Portable goals should be constructed from lightweight materials and should be dismantled, removed, or attached to a permanent structure after each use.
There are appropriate soccer balls for players of varying age and gender so choose accordingly and replace balls that have lost their water-resistant qualities.
Know what to do in case of injury
Staying calm is essential in dealing with injuries or emergencies on the field and one of the ways to keep a level head is to know what you should do if you’re confronted with this type of situation.
First, be familiar with first aid treatments regarding sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures. It’s also important to seek prompt medical attention from a professional to prevent further damage, especially if the injury involves the head or in case of concussion.
When a player gets injured or is bleeding, he or she needs to be removed from the field right away. Although taping and bracing have been shown to decrease the risk of injury, it may not be appropriate for you so make sure to seek professional advice before doing so. Finally, return to playing only after you are fully recovered.
Keeping yourself properly hydrated is necessary to prevent injuries related to heat so practice drinking on a schedule and not only when you feel thirsty.
Drink fluids rich in electrolytes, such as coconut water to provide additional energy. You should also be familiar with the warning signs of dehydration, such as dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and headache so you will know when you should stop practicing or playing to get some rest and drink some fluids.
Soccer is a great activity for people of all ages. Keep these safety tips in mind so you can fully enjoy playing the sport.